Concerning the Number of Times Queen Bees Mate1

Author: TABER, STEPHEN

Source: Journal of Economic Entomology, Volume 51, Number 6, December 1958 , pp. 786-789(4)

Publisher: Entomological Society of America

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Abstract:

Four sets of mating data from different geographical locations and different strains of honey bees (Apis mellifera L.) obtained by three independent researchers are presented and discussed. One of these is new, the others have been presented before. The author's method of analysis is reviewed.

Two methods of analyses are presented, binomial and Poisson. The binomial aims to correct an error presented by Taber (1954) and Peer (1956) by a more complete definition of the mathematical model. The concept that matings may follow a Poisson type distribution is discussed and analyzed.

The two methods of analysis indicate that the usual number of drone honey bees that meet and leave sperms with a queen is between seven and ten.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: December 1, 1958

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  • Journal of Economic Entomology is published bimonthly in February, April, June, August, October, and December. The journal publishes articles on the economic significance of insects and is divided into the following sections: apiculture & social insects; arthropods in relation to plant disease; forum; insecticide resistance and resistance management; ecotoxicology; biological and microbial control; ecology and behavior; sampling and biostatistics; household and structural insects; medical entomology; molecular entomology; veterinary entomology; forest entomology; horticultural entomology; field and forage crops, and small grains; stored-product; commodity treatment and quarantine entomology; and plant resistance. In addition to research papers, Journal of Economic Entomology publishes Letters to the Editor, interpretive articles in a Forum section, Short Communications, Rapid Communications, and Book Reviews.
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